The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires all F-1 students to be full-time enrolled each long semester (fall and spring) and, in some cases, summer sessions, in order to maintain status. See the international student enrollment webpage for more information about required semesters. Occasionally an F-1 student can be authorized by the UT Dallas ISSO to take a reduced course load and still maintain F-1 status.
In order to maintain F-1 status, a student must obtain written authorization from an international student advisor prior to reducing his or her course load.
Consult other campus offices to determine if reducing your hours at UT Dallas will affect other items, including scholarships, TA/RA positions and campus housing.
There are a number of eligibility requirements and restrictions. Please speak to an international student advisor for more information.
Reduced Course Load due to Academic Reasons
- Initial difficulties with the English language
- Initial difficulties with reading requirements
- Unfamiliarity with American teaching methods
- Improper course level placement
Reduced Course Load due to Medical Reasons
- Serious medical illness or condition
Reduced Course Load due to Curricular Practical Training
Reduced Course Load due to Completion of Degree Requirements in the Current Term
Reduced Course Load due to Concurrent Enrollment
- Identify possible concurrent courses.
- At least half of the F-1 required hours must be taken at UT Dallas. Undergraduate students must take at least 6 hours at UT Dallas, graduate students must take at least 6 hours at UT Dallas.
- Only one distance education course can apply to those required hours.